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    Conservative lawyers are brushing off President TrumpDonald John TrumpSteele Dossier sub-source was subject of FBI counterintelligence probe Pelosi slams Trump executive order on pre-existing conditions: It 'isn't worth the paper it's signed on' Trump 'no longer angry' at Romney because of Supreme Court stance MORE’s refusal to commit to a peaceful transition of power if he loses the election to Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenPelosi slams Trump executive order on pre-existing conditions: It 'isn't worth the paper it's signed on' Hillicon Valley: Subpoenas for Facebook, Google and Twitter on the cards | Wray rebuffs mail-in voting conspiracies | Reps. raise mass surveillance concerns Fox News poll: Biden ahead of Trump in Nevada, Pennsylvania and Ohio MORE, saying there are safeguards in place to ensure a proper transition whether the president voluntarily leaves office or not. Several Republican constitutional and election lawyers told The Hill that Trump’s remarks calling into question...
    A federal appeals court tested the waters on a potential compromise, but didnt immediately rule Friday after arguments in President Donald Trump’s long-running fight to prevent a top New York prosecutor from getting his tax returns — a battle that seems destined to return to the Supreme Court. A Trump lawyer argued that a subpoena for the records is overly broad but balked when an appellate judge suggested the court might be able to alleviate that concern by limiting the scope of documents being sought. Trumps lawyer, William Consovoy, signaled they will be satisfied only if Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. is barred from getting all of the requested records. Consovoy is seeking to have the case sent back to a lower court that last month rejected his attempt to quash the subpoena, arguing that judge erred in his ruling. If the three-judge panel refuses to put a hold...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City BY JONATHAN STEMPEL With the U.S. presidential election looming, lawyers for Donald Trump will ask a federal appeals court on Friday to block Manhattan’s top prosecutor from obtaining the president’s tax returns in connection with a criminal probe into Trump and his businesses. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments from lawyers for Trump and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, whose investigation began more than two years ago. The probe has been stalled as Trump fights an Aug. 2019 grand jury subpoena to his accounting firm Mazars USA for eight years of his corporate and personal tax returns. Vance began his probe after Trump’s former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen paid hush money to silence two women before the 2016 election about claimed sexual encounters with Trump....
    Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images The federal judge who dismissed former Playboy model Karen McDougal’s defamation lawsuit against Fox News host Tucker Carlson claimed that, “Given Mr. Carlson’s reputation, any reasonable viewer ‘arrive[s] with an appropriate amount of skepticism’.” Judge Mary Kay Vyskocil — who dismissed the lawsuit on Thursday — said, “The statements are rhetorical hyperbole and opinion commentary intended to frame a political debate, and, as such, are not actionable as defamation.” According to the New York Times, echoing “an argument made by Fox News lawyers,” Vyskocil also ruled that the “general tenor” of Tucker Carlson Tonight tells viewers that Carlson is “engaging in ‘exaggeration’ and ‘nonliteral commentary,'” and that, “Given Mr. Carlson’s reputation, any reasonable viewer ‘arrive[s] with an appropriate amount of skepticism’.” Fox News literally argued that “The show that provides non-literal commentary, hyperbole and errant claims that could never be proven true or false in a court of...
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - With the U.S. presidential election looming, lawyers for Donald Trump will ask a federal appeals court on Friday to block Manhattan's top prosecutor from obtaining the president's tax returns in connection with a criminal probe into Trump and his businesses. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments from lawyers for Trump and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, whose investigation began more than two years ago. The probe has been stalled as Trump fights an Aug. 2019 grand jury subpoena to his accounting firm Mazars USA for eight years of his corporate and personal tax returns. Vance began his probe after Trump's former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen paid hush money to silence two women before the 2016 election about claimed sexual encounters with Trump. The probe now appears to go beyond the payments, with Vance saying in court filings he might have...
    Reuters September 25, 2020 0 Comments With the U.S. presidential election looming, lawyers for Donald Trump will ask a federal appeals court on Friday to block Manhattan’s top prosecutor from obtaining the president’s tax returns in connection with a criminal probe into Trump and his businesses. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments from lawyers for Trump and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, whose investigation began more than two years ago. The probe has been stalled as Trump fights an Aug. 2019 grand jury subpoena to his accounting firm Mazars USA for eight years of his corporate and personal tax returns. Vance began his probe after Trump’s former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen paid hush money to silence two women before the 2016 election about claimed sexual encounters with Trump. The probe now appears to go beyond the payments, with Vance saying in court filings...
    By MICHAEL R. SISAK, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A federal appeals court is set to hear arguments Friday in President Donald Trump’s long-running fight to prevent a top New York prosecutor from getting his tax returns. Trump’s lawyers appealed to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals after a district court judge last month rejected their renewed efforts to invalidate a subpoena that the office of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. issued to Trump's accounting firm. A temporary restraining order remains in effect, preventing any tax records from being turned over at least until the latest appeal is decided. Trump has said he expects the case to return to the Supreme Court, making it unlikely the dispute will be resolved before the November election. The Supreme Court in July ruled that the presidency in and of itself doesn’t shield Trump from the investigation, prompting Trump’s lawyers to...
    NEW YORK – A federal appeals court is set to hear arguments Friday in President Donald Trump’s long-running fight to prevent a top New York prosecutor from getting his tax returns. Trump’s lawyers appealed to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals after a district court judge last month rejected their renewed efforts to invalidate a subpoena that the office of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. issued to Trump's accounting firm. A temporary restraining order remains in effect, preventing any tax records from being turned over at least until the latest appeal is decided. Trump has said he expects the case to return to the Supreme Court, making it unlikely the dispute will be resolved before the November election. The Supreme Court in July ruled that the presidency in and of itself doesn’t shield Trump from the investigation, prompting Trump’s lawyers to raise new objections and start the appellate...
    A New York prosecutor engaged in a long-running battle to obtain Donald Trump’s tax returns is resorting to “speculation and innuendo” to justify his demands, the presidents lawyers argued in court papers filed Thursday on the eve of an appeals court showdown. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is scheduled to hear arguments Friday after a district court judge last month rejected Trumps renewed efforts to invalidate a subpoena that the office of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. issued to the presidents accounting firm. Trumps lawyers maintain that the subpoena was issued in bad faith and is overly broad. In Thursdays filing, they argued that aside from acknowledging an inquiry into money paid to two women who alleged affairs with Trump, Vances office hasnt specified why it needs eight years of the presidents corporate and personal tax returns. Vance’s office argued in court papers earlier in the week...
    NEW YORK (AP) — A New York prosecutor engaged in a long-running battle to obtain Donald Trump’s tax returns is resorting to “speculation and innuendo” to justify his demands, the president’s lawyers argued in court papers filed Thursday on the eve of an appeals court showdown. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is scheduled to hear arguments Friday after a district court judge last month rejected Trump’s renewed efforts to invalidate a subpoena that the office of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. issued to the president’s accounting firm. Trump’s lawyers maintain that the subpoena was issued in bad faith and is overly broad. In Thursday’s filing, they argued that aside from acknowledging an inquiry into money paid to two women who alleged affairs with Trump, Vance’s office hasn’t specified why it needs eight years of the president’s corporate and personal tax returns. Vance’s office argued in court papers...
    NEW YORK – A New York prosecutor engaged in a long-running battle to obtain Donald Trump’s tax returns is resorting to “speculation and innuendo” to justify his demands, the president's lawyers argued in court papers filed Thursday on the eve of an appeals court showdown. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is scheduled to hear arguments Friday after a district court judge last month rejected Trump's renewed efforts to invalidate a subpoena that the office of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. issued to the president's accounting firm. Trump's lawyers maintain that the subpoena was issued in bad faith and is overly broad. In Thursday's filing, they argued that aside from acknowledging an inquiry into money paid to two women who alleged affairs with Trump, Vance's office hasn't specified why it needs eight years of the president's corporate and personal tax returns. Vance’s office argued in court papers earlier...
    NEW YORK (AP) — A New York prosecutor engaged in a long-running battle to obtain Donald Trump’s tax returns is resorting to “speculation and innuendo” to justify his demands, the president’s lawyers argued in court papers filed Thursday on the eve of an appeals court showdown. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is scheduled to hear arguments Friday after a district court judge last month rejected Trump’s renewed efforts to invalidate a subpoena that the office of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. issued to the president’s accounting firm. Trump’s lawyers maintain that the subpoena was issued in bad faith and is overly broad. In Thursday’s filing, they argued that aside from acknowledging an inquiry into money paid to two women who alleged affairs with Trump, Vance’s office hasn’t specified why it needs eight years of the president’s corporate and personal tax returns. Vance’s office argued in court papers...
    Lawyers for former national security adviser John Bolton told a judge Thursday they want to interview White House officials following new allegations that a pre-publication review of his tell-all book was politicized in an effort to block its release. Michael Kirk, a lawyer for Bolton, said the interviews were needed to help establish whether President Donald Trumps political appointees at the White House acted in “bad faith” when overruling the judgment of a career classification official and concluding that Boltons manuscript still contained classified information. A lawsuit over Boltons book, including on the question of whether the Justice Department is entitled to proceeds from the publication, is still pending even though a judge in June denied a request for an injunction to block its release. Arguments in the Justice Departments lawsuit against Bolton over his book, “The Room Where it Happened,” took place one day after a new court filing...
    President Donald Trump's Department of Justice got directly involved in trying to stop Melania Trump's ex-best friend Stephanie Winston Wolkoff from publishing her tell-all, 'Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of my Friendship with the First Lady.'  The Daily Beast reported Wednesday that on July 15, Ethan P. Davis, the acting assistant attorney general of the DOJ's Civil Division, contacted Wolkoff's attorney and referenced a non-disclosure agreement Wolkoff had signed for her time spent working on Trump's 2017 inauguration and serving as a senior adviser to the first lady.  A week before, The Daily Beast had broke the story that Wolkoff was releasing such a book, teasing it as an 'explosive' tell-all before the 2020 election.  The Department of Justice got directly involved in trying to stop the publication of a book by Melania Trump's ex-best friend and former aide, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff (pictured)  The Trumps' personal lawyer...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawyers for former national security adviser John Bolton told a judge Thursday they want to interview White House officials following new allegations that a pre-publication review of his tell-all book was politicized in an effort to block its release. Michael Kirk, a lawyer for Bolton, said the interviews were needed to help establish whether President Donald Trump’s political appointees at the White House acted in “bad faith” when overruling the judgment of a career classification official and concluding that Bolton’s manuscript still contained classified information. A lawsuit over Bolton’s book, including whether the Justice Department is entitled to profits, is still pending even though a judge months ago refused to block the release. Arguments in the Justice Department’s lawsuit against Bolton over his book, “The Room Where it Happened,” took place after a new court filing from a lawyer for Ellen Knight, the White House official...
    Eric Trump must testify in a New York investigation into his family’s business practices before the November presidential election, a judge ruled Wednesday, rejecting his lawyers’ claims that his “extreme travel schedule” on the campaign trail warranted a delay. State Judge Arthur Engoron said President Donald Trump’s middle son, a Trump Organization executive, must comply with a subpoena to give a deposition under oath no later than Oct. 7, adding that the court is not “bound by the timelines of the national election.” New York Attorney General Letitia James went to court to enforce Eric Trump’s subpoena after his lawyers abruptly canceled a July interview with investigators in her office’s probe, which is focused on whether the Trump Organization lied about the value of its assets in order to get loans or tax benefits.
    NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump’s son Eric has until Oct. 7 to speak to New York investigators probing his family’s business practices, a judge ruled Wednesday, rejecting his lawyers’ contention that his “extreme travel schedule” on the campaign trail warranted a delay until after the November election. State Judge Arthur Engoron said Eric Trump, an executive at the family’s Trump Organization, had no legal basis to postpone a subpoena seeking his deposition testimony under oath, concluding that neither the probe nor the court were “bound by the timelines of the national election.” New York Attorney General Letitia James went to court to enforce the subpoena after Eric Trump’s lawyers abruptly canceled a July interview with investigators looking into whether the Trump Organization lied about the value of its assets in order to get loans or tax benefits. The investigation is civil, not criminal, in nature and investigators have...
    Eric Trump must testify in a New York investigation into his family's business practices before the November presidential election, a judge ruled Wednesday, rejecting his lawyers' claims that his "extreme travel schedule" on the campaign trail warranted a delay. State Judge Arthur Engoron said President Trump's middle son, a Trump Organization executive, must comply with a subpoena to give a deposition under oath no later than Oct. 7, adding that the court is not "bound by the timelines of the national election." New York Attorney General Letitia James went to court to enforce Eric Trump's subpoena after his lawyers abruptly canceled a July interview with investigators in her office's investigation, which is focused on whether the Trump Organization lied about the value of its assets in order to get loans or tax benefits. Trump, the company's executive vice president of development and acquisitions, was first served with the subpoena...
    By Michael R. Sisak | Associated Press NEW YORK — Eric Trump must testify in a New York investigation into his family’s business practices before the November presidential election, a judge ruled Wednesday, rejecting his lawyers’ claims that his “extreme travel schedule” on the campaign trail warranted a delay. State Judge Arthur Engoron said President Donald Trump’s middle son, a Trump Organization executive, must comply with a subpoena to give a deposition under oath no later than Oct. 7, adding that the court is not “bound by the timelines of the national election.” New York Attorney General Letitia James went to court to enforce Eric Trump’s subpoena after his lawyers abruptly canceled a July interview with investigators in her office’s probe, which is focused on whether the Trump Organization lied about the value of its assets in order to get loans or tax benefits. Eric Trump, the company’s...
    By MICHAEL R. SISAK, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Eric Trump must testify in a New York investigation into the family’s businesses before the November presidential election, a judge ruled Wednesday, rejecting lawyers’ claims that Trump's “extreme travel schedule” on the campaign trail warranted a delay. State Judge Arthur Engoron said that President Donald Trump's son must comply with a subpoena for his testimony no later than Oct. 7, adding that the investigation and the court are not “bound by the timelines of the national election.” Attorney General Letitia James, a Democrat, went to court to enforce the subpoena after Eric Trump's lawyers abruptly canceled a July interview with investigators in a probe about whether the family’s company, the Trump Organization, lied about the value of its assets in order to get loans or tax benefits. Eric Trump, the company's executive vice president of development and acquisitions, was first...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City BY JONATHAN STEMPEL Manhattan’s district attorney said on Monday he might have grounds to investigate President Donald Trump and his businesses for tax fraud, as he seeks to persuade a federal appeals court to let him obtain Trump’s tax returns. Lawyers for District Attorney Cyrus Vance made the assertion in a filing with the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan, four days before it considers Trump’s request to block Vance‘s August 2019 subpoena for the tax returns. The lawyers said the “mountainous” public allegations of misconduct, including misstatements about business properties, could justify a grand jury probe into possible tax fraud, insurance fraud and falsifying business records. “Even if the grand jury were testing the truth of public allegations alone, such reports, taken together, fully justify the scope of the grand jury...
    By Jonathan Stemel | Reuters NEW YORK – Manhattan’s district attorney said on Monday he might have grounds to investigate President Donald Trump and his businesses for tax fraud, as he seeks to persuade a federal appeals court to let him obtain Trump’s tax returns. Lawyers for District Attorney Cyrus Vance made the assertion in a filing with the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan, four days before it considers Trump’s request to block Vance’s August 2019 subpoena for the tax returns. The lawyers said the “mountainous” public allegations of misconduct, including misstatements about business properties, could justify a grand jury probe into possible tax fraud, insurance fraud and falsifying business records. “Even if the grand jury were testing the truth of public allegations alone, such reports, taken together, fully justify the scope of the grand jury subpoena,” Vance’s lawyers wrote, without accusing Trump or his businesses...
    SARAH BLAKE MORGAN, Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A new motion filed in the case of former U.S Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is asking the highest appeals court for the U.S. military to overturn his conviction, citing an alleged conflict of interest involving the judge who originally presided over his sentencing. The motion filed Friday seeks to have the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces re-examine the impartiality of retired Army Col. Jeffrey Nance, the military judge who sentenced Bergdahl. The motion says Nance was working to secure a job with the Department of Justice at the time of his ruling in the Bergdahl case. In 2017, Bergdahl pleaded guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. Bergdahl was a 23-year-old private first class in June 2009 when, after five months in Afghanistan, he disappeared from his remote infantry post near the Pakistan border, triggering a massive search...
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A new motion filed in the case of former U.S Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is asking the highest appeals court for the U.S. military to overturn his conviction, citing an alleged conflict of interest involving the judge who originally presided over his sentencing. The motion filed Friday seeks to have the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces re-examine the impartiality of retired Army Col. Jeffrey Nance, the military judge who sentenced Bergdahl. The motion says Nance was working to secure a job with the Department of Justice at the time of his ruling in the Bergdahl case. In 2017, Bergdahl pleaded guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. Bergdahl was a 23-year-old private first class in June 2009 when, after five months in Afghanistan, he disappeared from his remote infantry post near the Pakistan border, triggering a massive search operation. Videos emerged soon after...
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A new motion filed in the case of former U.S Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is asking the highest appeals court for the U.S. military to overturn his conviction, citing an alleged conflict of interest involving the judge who originally presided over his sentencing. The motion filed Friday seeks to have the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces re-examine the impartiality of retired Army Col. Jeffrey Nance, the military judge who sentenced Bergdahl. The motion says Nance was working to secure a job with the Department of Justice at the time of his ruling in the Bergdahl case. In 2017, Bergdahl pleaded guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. Bergdahl was a 23-year-old private first class in June 2009 when, after five months in Afghanistan, he disappeared from his remote infantry post near the Pakistan border, triggering a massive search operation. Videos emerged soon after...
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A new motion filed in the case of former U.S Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is asking the highest appeals court for the U.S. military to overturn his conviction, citing an alleged conflict of interest involving the judge who originally presided over his sentencing. The motion filed Friday seeks to have the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces re-examine the impartiality of retired Army Col. Jeffrey Nance, the military judge who sentenced Bergdahl. The motion says Nance was working to secure a job with the Department of Justice at the time of his ruling in the Bergdahl case. In 2017, Bergdahl pleaded guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. Bergdahl was a 23-year-old private first class in June 2009 when, after five months in Afghanistan, he disappeared from his remote infantry post near the Pakistan border, triggering a massive search operation. Videos emerged soon after Bergdahl's...
    American prosecutors said this week that former Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) offered WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange a pardon from President Donald Trump if he agreed to help cover up Russia’s role in interfering in the 2016 presidential election. The Daily Beast reports that witness Jennifer Robinson has testified that she attended a meeting between Rohrabacher and Assange in 2017 in which he made a direct quid-pro-quo offer. Rohrabacher was joined in the meeting by Charles Johnson, a pro-Trump racist internet troll, and the two men led officials at the Ecuadorian embassy in London to believe they were acting on behalf of the president. “They stated that President Trump was aware of and had approved of them coming to meet with Mr. Assange to discuss a proposal—and that they would have an audience with the president to discuss the matter on their return to Washington, D.C.,” Robinson said. The White House...
    Reuters/Henry Nicholls LONDON—Lawyers representing the United States at Julian Assange’s extradition trial in Britain have accepted the claim that the WikiLeaks founder was offered a presidential pardon on the condition that he would help cover up Russia’s involvement in hacking emails from the Democratic National Committee. Jennifer Robinson, a lawyer, told the court that she had attended a meeting between Assange, Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher and pro-Trump troll Charles Johnson at the Ecuadorian embassy in London on August 15 2017. She said the two Americans said they were emissaries from Washington and “wanted us to believe they were acting on behalf of the president.” They said they could help grant Assange a pardon in exchange for him revealing information about the source of the WikiLeaks information that showed it was not the Russians who hacked Democratic emails. “They stated that President Trump was aware of and had approved of...
    Eric Trump will cooperate with New York state Attorney General Letitia James’ probe into possible financial misdeeds by the Trump Organization — but not until after the election, his lawyers said in a new court filing. “Counsel for Mr. Trump has made clear that he is willing to appear pursuant to the subpoena, and have also proposed four available dates after the presidential election,” wrote lawyers Amy Carlin and Alan Futerfas in the papers filed Thursday in Manhattan Supreme Court. The lawyers said Eric Trump had proposed several dates after the election for the under-oath grilling due to his “extreme travel schedule” and “to avoid the use of his deposition attendance for political purposes.” The AG has been in “weekly if not at times daily talks” for 18 months with the Trump Organization and its employees as part of an investigation into whether the president and his company exaggerated...
    US businessman and son of the US president Eric Trump.Mandel Ngan | AFP | Getty Images Lawyers for Eric Trump said Thursday that he is willing to be deposed as part of the New York Attorney General's office's probe of the Trump Organization, but only after the 2020 presidential election. In a court filing in New York State Supreme Court, the lawyers for President Donald Trump's son said they were requesting the delay in part to "avoid the use of his deposition attendance for political purposes." The lawyers also denied that he had previously refused to comply with the subpoena for his testimony, as New York Attorney General Letitia James' office had alleged. James, in a statement to CNBC, said that "while we cannot comment on the particular steps we're taking on specific litigation, we won't allow any entity or individual to dictate how our investigation will proceed or allow anyone...
    NEW YORK – President Donald Trump’s son Eric is willing to comply with a subpoena to testify in a New York investigation into the family’s business practice, but only after the Nov. 3 election, the Trumps’ lawyers said in a court filing Thursday. The lawyers argued Eric Trump’s “extreme travel schedule” related to his father’s reelection campaign prevented him from testifying sooner in state Attorney General Letitia James’ civil probe. They said they also wanted “to avoid the use of his deposition attendance for political purposes.” James, a Democrat, slammed the younger Trump’s purported scheduling conflicts, responding in a statement: "We won’t allow any entity or individual to dictate how our investigation will proceed or allow anyone to evade a lawful subpoena. No one is above the law, period.” James went to court last month to compel Trump’s business associates, including Eric, to testify and turn over documents as part...
    NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump’s son Eric is willing to comply with a subpoena to testify in a New York investigation into the family’s business practice, but only after the Nov. 3 election, the Trumps’ lawyers said in a court filing Thursday. The lawyers argued Eric Trump’s “extreme travel schedule” related to his father’s reelection campaign prevented him from testifying sooner in state Attorney General Letitia James’ civil probe. They said they also wanted “to avoid the use of his deposition attendance for political purposes.” James, a Democrat, slammed the younger Trump’s purported scheduling conflicts, responding in a statement: “We won’t allow any entity or individual to dictate how our investigation will proceed or allow anyone to evade a lawful subpoena. No one is above the law, period.” James went to court last month to compel Trump’s business associates, including Eric, to testify and turn over documents as...
    Reuters September 17, 2020 0 Comments President Donald Trump’s son Eric is willing to be questioned in connection with a probe by New York’s attorney general into whether his father and the Trump Organization overstated the value of assets to obtain loans and tax benefits – if it can wait until after the Nov. 3 election. In a Thursday court filing, Eric Trump’s lawyers said his “extreme travel schedule and related unavailability” and “the importance of avoiding any appearance of politicizing the investigatory process” justified the delay. They also said they had proposed four dates for Eric Trump to be questioned in the civil probe, beginning on Nov. 19. “Eric Trump has been, and continues to be, willing to appear pursuant to a subpoena,” the lawyers said. A spokesman for Attorney General Letitia James declined to comment. James on Aug. 24 accused the Trump Organization, where Eric Trump is...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City BY JONATHAN STEMPEL AND JAN WOLFE President Donald Trump’s son Eric is willing to be questioned in connection with a probe by New York’s attorney general into whether his father and the Trump Organization overstated the value of assets to obtain loans and tax benefits – if it can wait until after the Nov. 3 election. In a Thursday court filing, Eric Trump’s lawyers said his “extreme travel schedule and related unavailability” and “the importance of avoiding any appearance of politicizing the investigatory process” justified the delay. They also said they had proposed four dates for Eric Trump to be questioned in the civil probe, beginning on Nov. 19. “Eric Trump has been, and continues to be, willing to appear pursuant to a subpoena,” the lawyers said. A spokesman for Attorney...
    Eric Trump will cooperate with the New York state Attorney General Letitia James’ probe into possible financial misdeeds by the Trump Organization — but not until after the election, his lawyers said in a new court filing. “Counsel for Mr. Trump has made clear that he is willing to appear pursuant to the subpoena, and have also proposed four available dates after the presidential election,” wrote lawyers Amy Carlin and Alan Futerfas in the papers filed Thursday in Manhattan Supreme Court. The lawyers said that Eric Trump had proposed several dates after the election for the under-oath grilling due to his “extreme travel schedule” and “to avoid the use of his deposition attendance for political purposes.” The AG has been in “weekly if not at times daily talks” for 18 months with the Trump Organization and its employees as part of an investigation into whether the president and his company...
    Barr compared career attorneys who don't want him intervening in cases to help Trump to 'preschoolers.' Attorney General William Barr gave a speech Wednesday night at conservative Hillsdale College in which he admitted that he and senior Justice Department officials "are indeed political" and that the lower-level career attorneys who have been uncomfortable with him intervening in cases to benefit Trump are fit for "a Montessori preschool" but not for the DOJ. "The men and women who have ultimate authority in the Justice Department are thus the ones on whom our elected officials have conferred that responsibility — by presidential appointment and Senate confirmation. That blessing by the two political branches of government gives these officials democratic legitimacy that career officials simply do not possess," he said. He added, "...In short, the attorney general, senior DOJ officials, and U.S. attorneys...
    AN EX-model has alleged that Donald Trump "violated" her at a US Open tennis tournament 23 years ago. Amy Dorris, then 24, said the alleged sexual assault happened outside the bathroom in his VIP box, says a report. 2Ex-model Amy Dorris pictured at a magazine launch in 2001 Who is Amy Dorris? Florida woman Amy Dorris says she met Donald Trump in New York in 1997. Dorris alleges he "came on very strong right away" - but his lawyers maintain that multiple witnesses would have seen anything improper. She was introduced to him by her then boyfriend, Jason Binn, who described the real estate mogul as his "best friend". The couple spent several days with him. The Guardian reports that Trump was aged 51 and married to Marla Maples, his second wife, at the time. Dorris's modelling career was based in Miami - where she also picked up the...
    The 2000 election dispute in Florida between George W. Bush and Al Gore will look like "child's play" compared to the challenge of resolving mail-in voting issues for the upcoming 2020 presidential election, Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano said on Tuesday. “It is normal for [campaigns] to get their legal forces in order. We have the example, of course, in 2000 of Bush against Gore in which the legal forces were amassed after Election Day when it became apparent that the Florida count and recount would be disputed. That would seem like child’s play compared to what may be coming in November this year,” Napolitano told "Fox & Friends." Napolitano referred to the 2000 Bush versus Gore presidential race, which led to a decision by the United States Supreme Court that settled a recount dispute in Florida. “With the voting by mail, there is going to be a dispute over whether or not...
    By ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrat Joe Biden is assembling a team of top lawyers in anticipation of court challenges to the election process that could ultimately determine who wins the race for the White House. Biden's presidential campaign says the legal war room will work to ensure that elections are properly administered and votes correctly counted. It will also seek to combat voter suppression at the polls, identify foreign interference and misinformation, and educate voters on the different methods available for casting ballots. The effort, which the Biden campaign described as the largest election protection program in presidential campaign history, reflects the extent of the preparation underway for an already divisive presidential contest in November that could produce significant, perhaps even decisive, court cases over voter access and the legitimacy of mail ballots. Democrats and Republicans are locked in legal fights on election rules that could...
    By Eric Tucker | Associated Press WASHINGTON — Democrat Joe Biden is assembling a team of top lawyers in anticipation of court challenges to the election process that could ultimately determine who wins the race for the White House. Biden’s presidential campaign says the legal war room will work to ensure that elections are properly administered and votes correctly counted. It will also seek to combat voter suppression at the polls, identify foreign interference and misinformation, and educate voters on the different methods available for casting ballots. The effort, which the Biden campaign described as the largest election protection program in presidential campaign history, reflects the extent of the preparation underway for an already divisive presidential contest in November that could produce significant, perhaps even decisive, court cases over voter access and the legitimacy of mail ballots. Democrats and Republicans are locked in legal fights on election rules that could...
    Joe Biden has hired a team of hundreds of lawyers in order to be ready for what his campaign expects will be a vigorous legal battle over the results of the 2020 presidential election, The New York Times reported. The official date of the election is November 3, but already multiple lawsuits are working their way through the courts over the process. Specifically, President Donald Trump’s campaign has sued five states over the expansion of voting by mail, a process that the POTUS insists will lead to a fraudulent election. Further, Trump has repeatedly claimed that Democrats are rigging the election, and that the only way he will lose is if the election is fraudulent. Biden has prepared his legal team to address both of those issues. Specifically, he’s put together a “special litigation” unit, which will be led by Dana Remus, who has served as Biden’s general counsel on...
    Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is prepared to unleash hundreds of lawyers to fight over how the November election is decided. The Biden campaign has one of the largest legal teams in history, including two former solicitors general, to oversee vote counting in various states this November, according to the New York Times. Democratic legal powerhouses such as Marc Elias and attorneys from Perkins Coie will be on the sidelines ready to sue should they perceive any potential mistreatment. “We can and will hold a free and fair election this fall and be able to trust the results,” said Dana Remus, Biden's general counsel. Former Attorney General Eric Holder is also on Biden's legal team and will help coordinate future litigation. Lawsuits have already been filed in a number of states by liberal groups over ballot access and mail-in voting. President Trump and the Justice Department...
    Reuters September 14, 2020 0 Comments Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has added top lawyers to his staff and launched a “special litigation” team as his campaign braces for potential legal fights over the outcome of the Nov. 3 U.S. election against President Donald Trump. Biden’s campaign for months has been ramping up what it calls the largest voter protection program in presidential election history, after Trump repeatedly has suggested without evidence that the election could be “rigged.” The campaign said on Monday that Bob Bauer, a New York University law school professor and former Obama administration counsel, had joined as a full-time senior campaign adviser working on voter protection efforts with campaign General Counsel Dana Remus. Marc Elias, a top elections lawyer at the firm Perkins Coie, was running a team focused on “protecting voter access to the polls and a fair and accurate vote count” state by...
    Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is building an enormous legal operation in anticipation of November’s election which is expected to shatter turnout records and will rely on mail-in ballots more than ever before, the New York Times reported. Biden’s campaign has described the operation as the largest election protection program in the history of any presidential campaign, and senior campaign officials said that the move was necessary to preserve the integrity of the election in response to President Donald Trump’s attacks on mail-in voting, the Times reported. Dana Remus, Biden’s general counsel, will oversee the developing operation alongside Bob Bauer, a former White House Counsel to President Barack Obama, according to the Times. NYT reports the Biden campaign is preparing for an extended legal battle over the election outcome, creating a new legal operation that includes two former solicitor generals and hundreds of lawyers: https://t.co/UvgMRLXdza (via @ShaneGoldmacher) — Mary Catherine...
    The Biden campaign has been quietly building a massive election protection program, including former Attorney General Eric Holder and hundreds of other lawyers for its “special litigation” team, in preparation for a legal battle in the event of a contested election. The former vice president’s campaign told Fox News Monday that over the past several months they have created the largest election protection program in presidential campaign history, involving integrated legal, communications and political strategies for what they anticipate to be an unprecedented election. TRUMP CAMPAIGN BRACING FOR LEGAL BATTLE OVER ELECTION, FORMING 'COALITION' OF LAWYERS The strategies, according to the campaign, are being directed to support election jurisdictions in preparing for and administering the vote under what they call “extraordinary conditions” this cycle, voter education to raise awareness of options for in-person and mail-in voting, aggressive responses to vote suppression activities, and robust programs for identifying and countering foreign interference and misinformation from foreign or domestic...
    The Biden campaign has brought in an army of lawyers, including former President Barack Obama’s attorney general Eric Holder, in anticipation of a brawl in the courts with the Trump campaign over the “unique challenges” that voting in 2020 entails. The New York Times reported on Monday that “hundreds of lawyers”—including Holder, two U.S. solicitors general from the Clinton and Obama presidencies, the former general counsel for Obama’s campaigns and the DNC law firm Perkins Coie that has been on the front lines of various voting-related cases—have joined Joe Biden’s so-called “special litigation” unit. It’s unclear what truly lies ahead in the debut season of Law & Order: Special Litigation Unit, but based on what we have seen so far we can surmise that Trump campaign challenges to vote-by-mail expansion and vote counting methodology will be a feature rather than a bug. The Trump campaign has filed suit in...
    During an interview with Vanity Fair, Samantha, the daughter of Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, claimed that her father had Stockholm Syndrome while working for the president. According to BBC, the term is used to describe the irrational feelings that some kidnapping victims develop for their captors. “I really think he had Stockholm syndrome,” she said. “That’s the only way I can put it. He saw how Trump treated his own children and how mean he was to them, and I think he thought that if he’s treating me like that, then I am part of the family.” Although Samantha claimed this dynamic was difficult for her to understand at the time, she later realized the large amount of time that Cohen was spending with the president. “He was correct when he says he was attracted to the power and the allure, but he also believed he loved...
    One of the attorneys for the anonymous whistleblower that sparked a presidential impeachment kept a lid on his client's identity as best he could, but kept no such secret about his own intentions — as Mark Zaid openly called for a "coup" in 2017. The whistleblower's other lawyer in 2019, Andrew Bajaj, also tweeted in 2017, "we're there" for invoking the 25th Amendment. The early intentions of Zaid and Bakaj were widely known. But they weren't the only far-left lawyers behind the unelected government bureaucrats in the attempted election nullification caper (aka impeachment), as revealed in "Abuse of Power: Inside The Three-Year Campaign to Impeach Donald Trump." Most of the impeachment witnesses who testified before the House Select Committee on Intelligence in late fall 2019 were represented by lawyers steeped in Democratic politics and some associated with extremist causes. Among the rare witnesses with...
    The Justice Department moved on Tuesday to replace President Donald Trump’s private legal team with government lawyers to defend him against a defamation lawsuit by the author E. Jean Carroll, who has accused him of raping her in a Manhattan department store in the 1990s. In a highly unusual legal move, lawyers for the Justice Department said in court papers that Trump was acting in his official capacity as president when he denied ever knowing Carroll and thus could be defended by government lawyers — in effect underwritten by taxpayer money. Though the law gives employees of the federal government immunity from most defamation lawsuits, legal experts said it has rarely, if ever, been used before to protect a president, especially for actions taken before he entered office. “The question is,” said Steve Vladeck, a University of Texas law professor, “is it really within the scope of the law for...
    WASHINGTON — Attorney General William Barr on Wednesday defended his Justice Department’s request to replace President Trump’s lawyers and defend him in a defamation suit brought by advice columnist E. Jean Carroll, who accused him of rape. On Tuesday evening, the DOJ filed a motion requesting to intervene in the case and said Trump was “acting within the scope of his office” when he last year accused Carroll of “totally lying” when she claimed Trump raped her in a Bergdorf Goodman changing room in the mid-1990s. While the move is very rare, Barr told NBC News that it is “not particularly unusual” for the Justice Department to step in when an elected government official is sued civilly in court. “This is done frequently. It’s been done for presidents. It’s been done for congressmen. The normal process was followed in this particular case you’re talking about,” Barr said. The AG...
    The Justice Department is asking to take over President Donald Trump’s defense in a defamation lawsuit from a writer who accused him of rape, and federal lawyers asked a court Tuesday to allow a move that could put the American people on the hook for any money she might be awarded. After New York state courts turned down Trump’s request to delay E. Jean Carroll’s suit, Justice Department lawyers filed court papers aiming to shift the case into federal court and to substitute the U.S. for Trump as the defendant. That means the federal government, rather than Trump himself, might have to pay damages if any are awarded. The move to intervene is in keeping with a Justice Department that time and again has advanced a broad vision of executive power and has moved to shield Trump from legal exposure, most notably by arguing that actions taken to choke off...
    Reuters September 9, 2020 0 Comments U.S. Attorney General William Barr on Wednesday defended his office’s intervention in a defamation lawsuit by a woman who accused President Donald Trump of raping her, when it moved the case to federal court and sought to install its own lawyers to replace Trump’s private legal team. In a court filing on Tuesday, the Department of Justice said Trump acted “within the scope of his office as president” when he denied raping former Elle magazine advice columnist E. Jean Carroll in a Bergdorf Goodman department store in Manhattan in the mid-1990s, and denied knowing her. The department said it had authority under the federal Westfall Act to move the case from a New York state court and substitute the United States as the sole defendant, potentially putting taxpayers on the hook for defense costs. Speaking at an unrelated news conference, Barr said case...
    By Simon Lewis and Joseph Tanfani WASHINGTON (Reuters) - For months, President Donald Trump has tried to convince Americans that the Nov. 3 election will be “rigged,” claiming without evidence that mail voting will open the door to mass cheating. “The greatest Election Fraud in our history is about to happen,” Trump wrote on Twitter on Aug. 23. In making these claims, Trump has seized upon the idea that U.S. elections are vulnerable to rampant fraud. That once-fringe theory has become a staple of Republican politics, due largely to the efforts of a small network of lawyers who have promoted it for two decades, funded by right-wing foundations. This year, the Trump campaign and the Republican Party have cited concerns about voter fraud in a nationwide legal battle with Democrats and voting-rights advocates over election procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic. These lawyers have played an important role, arguing for restrictions...
    By JENNIFER PELTZ NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department is seeking to take over President Donald Trump’s defense in a defamation lawsuit from a writer who accused him of rape, and federal lawyers asked a court Tuesday to allow a move that could put the American people on the hook for any money she might be awarded. After New York state courts turned down Trump’s request to delay E. Jean Carroll’s suit, Justice Department lawyers filed court papers Tuesday aiming to shift the case into federal court and to substitute the U.S. for Trump as the defendant. That means the federal government, rather than Trump himself, might have to pay damages if any are awarded. The filing complicates, at least for the moment, Carroll’s efforts to get a DNA sample from the president as potential evidence and to have him answer questions under oath. Justice Department lawyers argue...
    Loading the player... NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department is seeking to take over President Donald Trump‘s defense in a defamation lawsuit from a writer who accused him of rape, and federal lawyers asked a court Tuesday to allow a move that could put the American people on the hook for any money she might be awarded. After New York state courts turned down Trump’s request to delay E. Jean Carroll‘s suit, Justice Department lawyers filed court papers Tuesday aiming to shift the case into federal court and to substitute the U.S. for Trump as the defendant. That means the federal government, rather than Trump himself, might have to pay damages if any are awarded. The filing complicates, at least for the moment, Carroll’s efforts to get a DNA sample from the president as potential evidence and to have him answer questions under oath. Read More: Why Trump really...
    NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department is seeking to take over President Donald Trump’s defense in a defamation lawsuit from a writer who accused him of rape, and federal lawyers asked a court Tuesday to allow a move that could put the American people on the hook for any money she might be awarded. After New York state courts turned down Trump’s request to delay E. Jean Carroll’s suit, Justice Department lawyers filed court papers Tuesday aiming to shift the case into federal court and to substitute the U.S. for Trump as the defendant. That means the federal government, rather than Trump himself, might have to pay damages if any are awarded. The filing complicates, at least for the moment, Carroll’s efforts to get a DNA sample from the president as potential evidence and to have him answer questions under oath. Justice Department lawyers argue that Trump...
    As evidence mounts that the Donald Trump campaign is going broke, you might be wondering just how the heck a presidential incumbent could manage to churn through a nine-figure amount of donations and be coming up short only weeks after its own national convention. We don’t know, but this might be a clue: The New York Times and Campaign Finance Institute counted up the latest totals of just how much Republican “donation” money is being spent not on Trump’s campaigning, but Trump’s lawyers. The new total? At least $58.4 million. Trump, his allies, and the Republican National Committee have spent nearly $60 million, since 2015, on Dear Leader’s lawyering. Yikes. The Times‘ report makes it clear that this level of legal spending is absolutely not normal. In addition to defending Trump from the Russia probe and the near-countless sexual harassment and corruption scandals surrounding him, Trump has also used donor cash to file lawsuits against ex-campaign and White House...
    Freakin' grifter As evidence mounts that the Donald Trump campaign is going broke, you might be wondering just how the heck a presidential incumbent could manage to churn through a nine-figure amount of donations and be coming up short only weeks after its own national convention. We don't know, but this might be a clue: The New York Times and Campaign Finance Institute counted up the latest totals of just how much Republican "donation" money is being spent not on Trump's campaigning, but Trump's lawyers. The new total? At least $58.4 million. Trump, his allies, and the Republican National Committee have spent nearly $60 million, since 2015, on Dear Leader's lawyering. Yikes. The Times' report makes it clear that this level of legal spending is absolutely not normal. In addition to defending Trump from the Russia probe and the near-countless sexual harassment and corruption scandals surrounding him, Trump has also used...
    The Department of Justice could file antitrust charges against Google in the coming weeks after Attorney General Bill Barr set a deadline to wrap up work on the case by the end of September.  Career lawyers said they needed more time to build a strong case against one of the world's most wealthy companies but their requests were shot down by Justice Department officials, according to the New York Times.  Some of the 40-odd lawyers working on the investigation into Google's parent company Alphabet have voiced concern that the case is being pushed through before November so that it will be regarded as a win for the Trump administration.   The Times reports that some lawyers said they would not sign the complaint if it was filed before a full investigation could be completed, while others left the case over the summer.  Attorney General Bill Barr set an end of September...
    Bracing for a contested vote tally, particularly amid a wave of mail-in ballots amid the global coronavirus pandemic, the Trump campaign is forming "Lawyers for Trump" to volunteer in the fight to "protect the integrity" of the November election. "Democrats are working to shred election integrity measures one state at a time, and theres no question theyll continue their shenanigans from now to November and beyond,” Campaign General Counsel Matthew Morgan told Fox News. "The Trump campaign is fighting to ensure every valid ballot across America counts — once." The Lawyers for Trump coalition is urging active and retired attorneys and law students to volunteer nationwidem, and Morgan says it is expanding "daily" and "will rally support for President Trump as they lend their time and legal expertise to protect the integrity of Novembers election." The leaders of the movement are Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge,...
    The Trump campaign is bracing for the possibility of a protracted legal battle in the event of a contested election, even forming what it's calling a “Lawyers for Trump” coalition to “protect the integrity” of November’s vote. Campaign General Counsel Matthew Morgan told Fox News this week that the campaign is urging active and retired attorneys and even law students to volunteer in their nationwide efforts. TRUMP URGES VOTERS TO CHECK MAIL-IN BALLOTS AT COUNTED POLLS AFTER SAYING THEY SHOULD VOTE TWICE “Democrats are working to shred election integrity measures one state at a time, and there’s no question they’ll continue their shenanigans from now to November and beyond,” Morgan told Fox News. “The Trump campaign is fighting to ensure every valid ballot across America counts—once.” He added that the Lawyers for Trump coalition is growing “daily” and “will rally support for President Trump as they lend their time and legal...
    NEW YORK (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday blocked a New York prosecutor from obtaining Donald Trump’s tax returns while the president’s lawyers continue to fight a subpoena seeking the records. The three-judge panel ruled after hearing brief arguments from both sides. Trump’s lawyers had asked for a temporary stay while they appeal a lower-court ruling that granted Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.’s office access to Trump’s tax returns. A lawyer for Vance’s office had argued that further delays would only impede their investigation. “The question at this juncture is quite simple but also quite important,” Trump lawyer William Consovoy said. “Will the president be given an opportunity to appeal that ruling before his personal records are disclosed to the grand jury and the status quo is irrevocably changed?” A hearing on the merits of Trump’s latest appeal will be held on Sept. 25 after both sides...
    Your 2020 All-Rookies fantasy football team: Yes, Clyde Edwards-Helaire looks like the real deal What Parents Should Know Before Letting Their Kids Watch Black Panther Judge forges ahead with Michael Flynn case after ex-Trump aide loses bid for quick dismissal A federal judge is moving forward with former national security advisor Michael Flynn's criminal case after an appeals court rejected Flynn's effort to have the case quickly dismissed. Judge Emmet Sullivan ordered lawyers for Flynn, the Department of Justice and a court-appointed lawyer to file a joint status report later this month outlining their suggestions for the next steps in the case. Those steps must include a proposal for holding oral arguments on the Justice Department's request to drop its prosecution of Flynn, who pleaded guilty of lying to FBI agents before seeking to withdraw that plea early this year. © Provided by CNBC Michael Flynn, former...
    Lawyers for President Trump and from the Manhattan District Attorney's Office clashed Tuesday over a motion to put off enforcement of a grand jury subpoena for a trove of documents related to the president's businesses that Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance is seeking in a criminal probe. Trump's attorney William Consovoy called the subpoena "an arbitrary fishing expedition ... issued in bad faith to harass the president" while Carey Dunn of the Manhattan DA's Office said there "couldn't be a more particularly meticulous review" of the president's objections to the subpoena than the 100-plus-page opinion issued by a district judge last month tossing Trump's suit. Dunn also said that Trump's lawyers failed to meet the legal standards to delay the subpoena's enforcement, including a likelihood to succeed on merits – Consovoy disputed that point. The case was at the Supreme Court earlier this year, and the tribunal ruled in July that Trump...
    During Monday’s White House press conference, President Donald Trump was asked about not meeting with the family of Jacob Blake when he’s in Kenosha. Trump said he spoke with the family pastor before saying, “I thought it would be better not to do anything where there are lawyers involved. They wanted me to speak, but they wanted to have lawyers involved, so I thought that was inappropriate, so I didn’t do that. But I did speak with the pastor of the family, who’s a fine man, a wonderful man. I think we had a great talk. And I may at some point, you know, do that but they did have a lawyer that wanted to be on the phone. And I said no, that’s inappropriate. But I just gave my best regards.” Jacob Blake Sr. reacted on CNN after the press conference, saying he won’t play politics when it’s...
    New York (CNN)President Donald Trump argued in a federal appellate court filing Monday that a district court had wrongly sided with Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance's office in a lawsuit over a subpoena to Trump's longtime accounting firm for his financial records, saying the lower court's assessment was "not the kind of process the Supreme Court envisioned when it remanded this case.""In evaluating whether the President stated claims for overbreadth and bad faith, the district court imposed a withering standard of review that wouldn't have been used against any 'other citizen,' " Trump's attorneys wrote.Trump's filing is the latest step in an extended legal tussle with the district attorney's office that will result in oral arguments Tuesday over Trump's request for a stay pending appeal before a three-judge panel on the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals.In their filing Monday, Trump's attorneys also warned that the President would suffer "irreparable...
    President TrumpDonald John TrumpBirx says she's hopeful about coronavirus vaccine but urges people to 'do the right thing today' McGahn argued Kushner's security clearance should be downgraded: book Wisconsin governor urges Trump not to visit Kenosha: 'I am concerned your presence will only hinder our healing' MORE said Monday that he is not planning to meet with members of Jacob Blake’s family while in Kenosha, Wis., because they wanted to have “lawyers involved” which he called “inappropriate.” “I spoke with the pastor, wonderful man, the family’s pastor. I thought it would be better not to do anything where there are lawyers involved,” Trump told reporters Monday when asked why he wasn’t planning to meet with the Blake family during his trip to Wisconsin on Tuesday. “They wanted me to speak but they wanted to have lawyers involved and I thought that was inappropriate so I didn’t do that,” Trump continued....
    President Donald Trump told reporters Monday that he is not planning on meeting with the family of Jacob Blake, the man shot in the back seven times by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin, because they wanted lawyers to be present for the conversation. Trump, responding to a question from Reuters’ Jeff Mason during Monday’s press briefing, confirmed that he spoke to the family’s pastor, who made it clear that the family wished for a lawyer to be present during a potential meeting with Trump during his Tuesday trip to Kenosha. (RELATED: ‘I Will See You On Tuesday’: Trump Says He Will Go To Kenosha Despite Wisconsin Governor’s Objection) WASHINGTON, DC – AUGUST 31: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the media during a news conference in the briefing room at the White House on August 31, 2020 in Washington, DC. President Trump spoke on several topics including unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin...
    This content was republished with permission from WTOP’s news partners at Maryland Matters. Sign up for Maryland Matters’ free email subscription today. In response to a lawsuit brought by a Maryland-based organization representing deaf people, lawyers for the Justice Department rebuffed claims that the White House is required by law to provide on-screen interpreters during COVID-19 news conferences. The Trump administration filing argued that the White House press room is a small space with limited seating, that the podium “is not easily moved due to electrical wiring that runs through it,” and that even if the government hired an American Sign Language interpreter, there is no guarantee that the television networks, who control the cameras, would choose to put the signer in the frame. The Justice Department lawyers said that transcripts are posted online “within hours of the briefings.” They said the Trump administration’s failure to provide realtime ASL interpretation, something most...
    Former FBI Director James Comey predicted Tuesday that Stephen Bannon faces an uphill battle against federal charges that he engaged in wire fraud and money laundering. “How serious do you think the charges are against him?” CNN’s Anderson Cooper asked Bannon. “Very serious,” Comey replied. “Both because it includes fraud charges that look on the face of the indictment to be incredibly detailed and strongly supported by text and emails, but also the amount of money stolen — hundreds of thousands, millions of dollars, jacks the punishment up. It is a very difficult road, and if I’m him and his lawyers, I think I’m going down,” Comey said. President Donald Trump fired Comey as FBI director in 2017. He ran the bureau beginning in 2013, including in the 2016 election as it conducted surveillance on members of Trump’s campaign. Bannon served for 88 days that year as the campaign’s chief executive, and subsequently...
    NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM/CNN) – Reaching back to a decision from the year 2000, President Donald Trump’s lawyers are now trying to revive the Supreme Court decision that awarded George W. Bush the presidency to fight mail-in voting practices for the upcoming presidential election. The 5-4 ruling in Bush v. Gore ended a 36-day ordeal after the Florida results were too close to call. The dispute featured battalions of lawyers that descended on the state, challenged ballots with “hanging chads,” and multiple recounts under the glare of national television. Although the case still resonates politically, haunting close elections, its legal principle has long been regarded as a proverbial ticket good for one ride only. The Supreme Court itself has not cited the case in any ruling since then. Still, as tensions rise over mail-in ballots, Trump persists with his unsupported assertions of fraudulent voting, and his legal team newly raises Bush...
    LOS ANGELES -- A California court ordered President Donald Trump this week to pay $44,100 in attorney fees to porn actress Stormy Daniels to pay for her legal battle over her effort to cancel a hush money deal brokered to keep her quiet about their sexual relationship a decade ago.The order in Superior Court in Los Angeles determined Daniels won her lawsuit against Trump over the agreement that was signed 11 days before the 2016 presidential election. As a part of that deal, the losing party would pay the lawyers fees.The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the decision.The president's personal lawyer at the time, Michael Cohen, paid $130,000 to Daniels, who filed the suit under her legal name Stephanie Clifford. After Trump's election, Daniels sued to void the agreement.Trump and his supporters denied the president knew about the payment for several years before...
    DONALD Trump has been ordered to pay porn star Stormy Daniels’ legal fees in her battle to cancel the infamous "hush money" deal about her alleged sexual relationship with the president. Judge Robert Broadbelt III of the Superior Court of Los Angeles ruled Monday that Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, had won her lawsuit against the president and so Daniels was entitled to receive lawyer fees. ⚠️ Follow our US election 2020 live blog for the latest news & updates 6 Trump has been ordered to pay porn star Stormy Daniels $44,100 to reimburse legal fees over 'affair hush money' legal battleCredit: The Mega Agency 6Stormy Daniels, the porn star currently in legal battles with President Trump, speaks during a ceremony in her honorCredit: MIKE BLAKE 6Stormy Daniels tweeted about the recent legal win against TrumpCredit: Twitter / @StormyDaniels “Yup! Another win!” Daniels tweeted after the ruling. Trump...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California court ordered President Donald Trump this week to pay $44,100 in attorney fees to porn actress Stormy Daniels to pay for her legal battle over her effort to cancel a hush money deal brokered to keep her quiet about their sexual relationship a decade ago. The order in Superior Count in Los Angeles determined Daniels won her lawsuit against Trump over the agreement that was signed 11 days before the 2016 presidential election. As a part of that deal, the losing party would pay the lawyers fees. The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the decision. The president's personal lawyer at the time, Michael Cohen, paid $130,000 to Daniels, who filed the suit under her legal name Stephanie Clifford. After Trump's election, Daniels sued to void the agreement. Trump and his supporters denied the president knew about the...
    Alex Henderson August 21, 2020 9:46PM (UTC) This article originally appeared on AlterNet. President Donald Trump has been obsessed with the idea that mail-in voting encourages voter fraud, and his campaign has filed lawsuits against Pennsylvania and other states because of their plans to encourage voters to use mail-in ballots in November's election. Journalist Richard Salame, in The Intercept, reports that in response to the Pennsylvania lawsuit, Trump's campaign was asked to show proof that voting by mail encourages voter fraud — and it was unable to. Salame notes that Trump's campaign is "suing Pennsylvania Secretary of the Commonwealth Kathy Boockvar and each of the state's county election boards to prevent election administrators from providing secure drop boxes for mail-in ballot returns." Two of the groups that support voting by mail in Pennsylvania, Citizens for Pennsylvania's Future and the Sierra Club, asked the Trump campaign to demonstrate that there is...
    By JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge turned down President Donald Trump's newest move Friday to keep New York City prosecutors from getting his tax records, but Trump's lawyers have already asked higher courts to step in. The developments came a day after U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero ruled — as he had before in a case that has been to the U.S. Supreme Court and back — that Manhattan's top prosecutor could subpoena the records for a criminal investigation. Trump's lawyers immediately appealed Thursday's ruling. They also asked Marrero to delay enforcement of the subpoena while the appeal plays out. Marrero said no to that Friday. “The president has not demonstrated that he will suffer irreparable harm” if the records are turned over for a grand jury probe that would keep them secret, he wrote. However, Trump's lawyers had already noted in a court...
    NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge turned down President Donald Trump’s newest move Friday to keep New York City prosecutors from getting his tax records, but Trump’s lawyers have already asked higher courts to step in. The developments came a day after U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero ruled — as he had before in a case that has been to the U.S. Supreme Court and back — that Manhattan’s top prosecutor could subpoena the records for a criminal investigation. Trump’s lawyers immediately appealed Thursday’s ruling. They also asked Marrero to delay enforcement of the subpoena while the appeal plays out. Marrero said no to that Friday. “The president has not demonstrated that he will suffer irreparable harm” if the records are turned over for a grand jury probe that would keep them secret, he wrote. However, Trump’s lawyers had already noted in a court filing Thursday that...
    President Donald Trump said he will dispatch law enforcement and even U.S. attorneys to polling places in November to help combat voter fraud. During an interview with Fox News Sean Hannity Thursday night, Trump continued on his recent theme of preventing fraudulent voting — which he claims will help Democrats. "Were going to have sheriffs, and were going to have law enforcement, and were going to have, hopefully, U.S. attorneys, and were going to have everybody and attorney generals," Trump said. Trump and some Republicans have criticized mail-in voting, saying it can lead to fraud. Many Democrats, however, have pushed for the practice this fall as the coronavirus pandemic continues to affect how Americans interact. Several states are already committed to sending mail-in ballots to registered voters for them to cast their vote that way. Marc Elias, a lawyer who worked for Hillary Clintons 2016 presidential campaign, responded to Trumps...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A federal judge has cleared the way for Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance to get President Donald Trump‘s tax returns. On Thursday, District Judge Victor Marrero rejected a last-ditch attempt by the president’s lawyers to block a subpoena issued to accounting firm Mazars. RELATED STORY: Manhattan DA Seeking President Trump’s Tax Returns Cites Probe Into Reports Of ‘Protracted Criminal Conduct’ At Trump Organization The ruling echoes the judge’s prior decision in the case, which was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in July. The president’s lawyers immediately appealed Thursday’s ruling. You can get the latest news, sports and weather on our brand new CBS New York app. Download here.
    By Michael R. Sisak | Associated Press NEW YORK — As President Donald Trump’s lawyers moved swiftly Thursday to appeal a federal judge’s ruling that granted Manhattan’s top prosecutor access to his tax returns, Trump blasted the long-running quest for his financial records as a “continuation of the most disgusting witch hunt in the history of our country.” U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero’s ruling echoed his prior decision in the case, upheld last month by the U.S. Supreme Court. The high court had returned the case to Marrero’s courtroom to give Trump’s lawyers a chance to raise other concerns about the subpoena issued by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. Vance has been seeking Trump’s tax returns from the president’s longtime accounting firm, Mazars USA, for more than a year, since Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen told Congress that the president had misled tax officials, insurers and business...
    Donald Trump holds a press conference on Wednesday, August 19, 202Chris Kleponis/Pool/CNP via ZUMA Wir For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis and more, subscribe to Mother Jones' newsletters.A federal judge on Thursday threw out a lawsuit by Donald Trump that argued the president should not have to comply with a subpoena by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance for his financial records, including tax returns. The Supreme Court last month rejected Trump’s argument that prosecutors could not order his accounting firm Mazars to hand over his records. Trump’s lawyers argued that he enjoys absolute immunity from criminal scrutiny, as well as congressional oversight, while in office. In an appeals court ruling last fall, Trump’s lawyers said that even if he shot someone on Fifth Avenue, he would be immune from not only prosecution but investigation by federal or local authorities. The Supreme Court’s decision allowed Trump to contest Vance’s subpoena...
    Reuters August 20, 2020 0 Comments U.S. President Donald Trump is seeking the dismissal of a lawsuit challenging his directive to exclude undocumented immigrants from representation, rejecting the accusation it was motivated by racial animus. In a Wednesday night filing in Manhattan federal court, Trump’s lawyers said the U.S. president has longstanding discretion to decide who can be counted when apportioning Congressional seats, and opponents failed to plausibly argue his policy was “merely a pretext” to discriminate against Hispanics. The lawyers also called it “speculative” to suggest the policy could cause irreparable harm, including by reducing immigrants’ participation in the census. That data is used to allocate hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funds. Trump’s lawyers were responding to lawsuits by New York and 37 other U.S. states, cities and counties, as well as by several nonprofit organizations, over the president’s July 21 directive that seeks to prevent...
    A federal judge on Thursday dismissed Donald Trump's second attempt to block the Manhattan District Attorney from obtaining eight years of both his personal and corporate tax returns. The ruling came a little over a month after a decisive 7-2 Supreme Court ruling that Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance had the legal authority to pursue Trump's tax returns, though the high court also stipulated Trump could challenge aspects of the subpoena in lower court.  Importantly, U.S. Judge Victor Marrero dismissed Trump's legal challenge with prejudice, signaling he has made a final determination on the merits of the case and forbidding Trump from filing another lawsuit on the same grounds. Manhattan prosecutors have argued that Trump's lawyers are simply trying to run out the clock on the statute of limitations. Trump’s lawyers plan to appeal the ruling, making next stop for the case the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. In recent weeks, Vance's investigation has come...
    NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday cleared the way for Manhattan’s top prosecutor to get President Donald Trump’s tax returns, rejecting a last-ditch attempt by his lawyers to block a subpoena issued to his accounting firm. Trump’s lawyers immediately appealed U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero’s decision to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Marrero’s ruling echoed his prior decision in the case that was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court last month. The high court returned the case to Marrero to give Trump’s lawyers a chance to raise other concerns about the subpoena issued by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. Messages seeking comment on the ruling were left with Trump’s lawyer and Vance’s office. Trump, through his lawyers, has argued that the subpoena was issued in bad faith, might have been politically motivated and amounted to harassment of him, especially since the wording mimicked the language...